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What’s in a Name Like Francis?

Pope Francis I

St. Francis was a non-violent reformer who gave up inherited riches to live, work with, and advocate for the poor. With the new Pope, I am hoping that there is something in a name.

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DirectoUSA: Comienza en Cónclave

Jaqueline Nolley Echegaray de Catholics for Choice, grupo de laicos, sobre la expectativa por la elección del nuevo Papa. (Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray of Catholics for Choice gives a progressive Catholic perspective on the new Pope.)

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Progressive Religious Leaders Seek to Shift the Conversation on Contraception and Abortion in Texas

Rev. Ellen Cooper-Davis, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Houston, leads Texas clergy members in a prayer for increased access to contraception at the Texas state capitol.

Last week, clergy from across the state of Texas gathered at the capitol building in Austin to show their support for access to contraception. Clad in collars, stoles and other religious garb, they stood in the outdoor rotunda to call, publicly, for legislators to stop their ongoing attacks on Texans’ freedom to choose when and whether to have children.

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Beyond Choice: How We Learned to Stop Labeling and Love Reproductive Justice

Some big victories and some small victories, with respect to reproductive rights, show that parts of the country are hoping to expand access to health care, not just limit it.

It seems that mainstream reproductive health and rights groups are realizing the limitations of reductive labels like “pro-choice.” And that’s a good thing.

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Why is Michelle Bachelet Playing into the Holy See’s Hands?

The Holy See has a limited but well-practiced playbook it follows at international conferences.

Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, has indicated that she’s willing to compromise with the world’s most conservative regimes and water down the UN’s commitment to women’s rights. She shouldn’t.

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Birth Control and “The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition”

Torah and jad - exhibits in Big Synagogue Museum, Wlodawa - Poland.

Many U.S. rabbis and ministers have long recognized the moral wisdom of ensuring wide availability of safe and effective birth control.

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Our Church: Home to Planned Parenthood for Forty Years – and Still Fighting

Inside the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg, NY, during Advent/Christmas.

It is hard to believe that the U. S House of Representatives actually voted to cut off Planned Parenthood altogether. These political attacks get plenty of attention. Meanwhile, in contrast, the Presbyterian Church I am blessed to serve wants to be sure that a woman’s health center, like Planned Parenthood, has a home.

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State Legislatures Increasingly Provide Tax-Payer Funding of Non-Medical Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Advertising for a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC).

Low cost loans, tax credits for pregnancy centers? Anti-choice activists are going far beyond license plates now.

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Alabama State Rep Tells TRAP Bill Opponent to “Stop Trying to Play God”

Rep. Kurt Wallace. (ShelbyCo Magazine)

“If you don’t want children, don’t get pregnant,” advises Rep. Kurt Wallace.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like the Bishops Scorned, But Filipinos Are Not Listening

Supporters of the RH bill celebrate after it passed Congress. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian)

The bishops and their allies aren’t celebrating with us that the country’s huge unmet contraceptive need and rising rate of HIV infections may soon be somewhat ameliorated. Instead, they are busy planning the downfall of the legislators who courageously withstood the many statements that “contraception is corruption.” 

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